Life Begins at 40 !

We can’t change the fact we’re going to get aged and with age will come health complexities.

Every time we jump on the weighing scale it seems that the needle does not shift and if it does its towards the non-desired end. From cutting back the portion size to refusing the favourite dessert and / or even signing up with the gym or the local Zumba class does not help : so what’s going on?

It’s a fact of nature: as we age, our body-fat levels increase while our muscle mass decreases. Creeping in our early 40s, our bodies – be it men or women go through a series of changes that affect the very core of our health.

Hormonal and cell changes, mid life crisis all have an impact on our physical and mental health – As much as it would be hard to believe, but the fact remains that this is a result of the natural ageing process. As we grow older, our bodies begin to change at times causing an impact to ones confidence and morale.

All these years being carefree about leading a healthy life, self-realisation sometimes act as a trigger. It is imperative that we lead the change and focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Leading the change toward a fitter you, is not difficult, to make sure you stay healthy after 40, there are some easy changes.

Self realisation is a good start – Make a list of what works for you, and what throws you off. Your own healthy habits in the past are the ones most likely to work for you now.

Resistance and weight training is something you need to get involved in, as you get older you are going to lose some of the muscle mass you have accumulated, it is important to do some resistance training at least three times a week. Building your muscle strength will help decrease the chances of breaks and fractures due to weak bones and will make your body look lean and tight.

Increase your calcium and vitamins intake to stay fit and healthy, please consult a health professional or a GP before you start taking these supplements. Fresh fruits and vegetables are something you should be consuming daily to maintain good health.

With our modern day lifestyle – we tend to skip breakfast or lunch which is not ideal, we make up for it by gorging it up at dinner, however once you hit 40, you need to focus on a six small meals pattern throughout the day. Eating smaller and more frequent meals will help you keep your energy levels and your metabolism high which in turn will help maintain your weight.

Walking is a great form of physical activity and a helps to stay fit. Make a routine of walking for 45 minutes to an hour every day after you wake up or in the evening after dinner. Walking daily will keep your bones healthy and will also do a lot for your heart, it also helps relieve stress and has varied health benefits.

Overall, once you hit 40 – the key is to lead a healthy lifestyle, relax, enjoy and have fun. Till next time stay fit and eat healthy.

This article is a general guideline ONLY, if you have any medical condition and for individual conditions you should consult a health professional or your medical practitioner immediately.

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